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Special Announcement

Monthly Siren Test

VCU will conduct the monthly siren test at noon today, Oct. 7. Monthly siren tests are conducted on the first Wednesday of each month. The monthly siren test involves a one-minute siren activation using a steady or even tone for the sirens located on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses. In an actual life-threatening emergency, the sirens will be activated for four minutes to warn people external to VCU facilities that there is an immediate risk to the area. There is no "all clear" siren as that information is distributed via the other VCU Alert technologies.


The Global Education Office invites faculty to the VCU Global Zone, a series of faculty workshops discussing best practices for working with international students. Workshops will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at noon in the Kontos Medical Sciences Building, Room 535, and Thursday, Oct. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in Grace Street Center, Room 3122. Discussion topics will include unconscious biases and privileges; invisible barriers; and intercultural communication skills. For more information, contact Amber Hill at or visit

The School of Dentistry Department Periodontics presents Jack Gunsolley, D.D.S., discussing "AxiUm-Mining Patient Databases to Improve Clinical Care" in the Lyons Dental Building, Room 424. For more information, contact Dung Pham at

The Humanities Research Center and VCU Libraries present the fall 2015 "Meet VCU's Authors Series" with Faedah Totah, associate professor of political science, discussing her new book "Preserving the Old City of Damascus" in Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room (250). In her book, Totah examines the ways in which an older urban space became the site for negotiating new economic and social realities. This event is free and open to all. For more information, contact Humanities Research Center at or (804) 828-4714 or visit

This week

The Department of Psychology presents telehealth expert, Timothy Elliot, Ph.D., as the first speaker in its new Distinguished Speaker Series in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 2100. Elliot will discuss "Resilience in the Initial Year of Caregiving for a Family Member with a Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury." For more information, contact Jen Elswick at or visit

TEDx presents xDesign in the Commons Theater. This design-focused event will feature design themed TED Talks, as well as an active build session of a massive new X for TEDxVCU. A seven-foot tall X will be constructed for all to enjoy. For more information, contact Grace E Cummings at or (302) 853-2822 or visit

Women's Soccer hosts Fordham at Sports Backers Stadium, 100 Avenue of Champions. This event will be a featured "Pride Game" in support of LGBQT History Month. The first 100 guests will receive a free VCU pride T-shirt. Faculty and staff receive discounted $4 tickets with valid VCU ID. For more information, contact VCU Athletics at

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs Third Annual Morton B. Gulak Lecture features Dhiru Thadani, award-winning consultant, architect, urbanist and educator presenting "Urbanism: The Prescriptive Remedy to Global Crisis" in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms. Book sale and signing will follow lecture. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Shirley McDaniel at or (804) 827-0867 or visit

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program presents Sandra Lim, the winner of the 2015 Levis Reading Prize for her poetry collection, "The Wilderness," reading from her prize-winning work at the Grace Street Theater. Sponsors also include the Department of English, VCU Libraries, Barnes & Noble @VCU and the College of Humanities and Sciences. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Thom Didato at or (804) 828-1329 or visit

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, in the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, 2015 class of the VCU Leadership Development Program makes its final presentations in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. Each year, VCU Leadership participants work together to address an issue of importance to the university. The presentations are scheduled to allow guests to come and go as needed. A detailed schedule of the presentation can be found by visiting the website below. For more information, contact Lindsey Evans at or (804) 827-1225 or visit

The Department of Biostatistics holds a research seminar in One Capitol Square, Room 305, featuring Dong-Yun Kim, Ph.D., mathematical statistician, Office of Biostatitics Research, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Kim will present a research seminar titled, "Statistical Analysis of Hazard Rate Change in Time-to-Event Data." For more information, contact Kellie Archer at

The Human Resources Office of Learning and Development sponsors a workshop for supervisors of classified staff in the HR Training Building. This workshop is focused on how to conduct regular supervision meetings with employees. It's one of several recently added to the training web page. Go to to find and register for this and other HR sponsored workshops. For more information, contact Penny McFarline at or visit

Coming up

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, the Center for Clinical and Translational Research and VCU Postdoctoral Association present "Locomotor Behavioral Assessments" with Pretal Muldoon, Ph.D., in Tompkins-McCaw Library, First Floor Conference Room. Participants will learn which locomotor assay is best for their research, especially when translating an animal model to human conditions. For more information, contact Karen Gau at or (804) 628-2291 or visit

The Center for Clinical and Translational Research presents its "Discovery Dialogues" seminar, "Uncovering the Role of Interracial Patient-Physician Communication in Health Disparities," presented by Nao Hagiwara, Ph.D., assistant professor, Psychology Department, in Main Hospital, Learning Center (across from the cafeteria). Faculty, staff, students, patients and families are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Pam Dillon at or (804) 827-1519 or visit

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs features VCU alumnus, Bonnie Mani, Ph.D., professor of political science, East Carolina University, presenting "Barriers and Facilitators to Successful Academic Careers" in the University Student Commons, Forum Room. Mani will share her expertise in women and politics, women and public policy and administration and American national government. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Shirley McDaniel at or (804) 827-0867 or visit

The Office of the Ombudsperson presents VCU's third annual National Conflict Resolution Day in the Larrick Student Center, Court End Ballroom A. Keynote speaker, Tom Sebok, University Ombudsman, University of Colorado-Boulder, will present "Promoting a Respectful Working Environment" and lead a workshop followed by a panel discussion featuring VCU leadership. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jenn Arce at or visit


Flu Shots on Campus for Employees

Human Resources provides eligible VCU faculty and staff with seasonal flu shots on a first-come, first-served basis on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Commons Theater; and on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in McGuire Hall Annex, Room B-20. To receive the vaccine, employees must participate in the State Health Benefits program and show their health plan card. These clinics are provided for University employees. Flu shot clinic information is available to VCU Health employees on the VCU Health intranet under the VCU Health Human Resources website. Please note that university employees who intend to use the shots to obtain “Do Right” credit for the Aetna Health Reimbursement must obtain written documentation from Walgreens at the flu shot clinic. Also VCU staff who work within the health system for a total of 40 hours or more between Dec1 and March 31 must provide documentation of their vaccination. Please be sure to get this documentation from Walgreens at the onsite clinics. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

ALT Lab Teaching Fellows Program: Call for Proposals

VCU ALT Lab accepts applications for its teaching fellows program for the spring 2015 semester. The ALT Lab Incubator Classroom (MCALC 4110) is a state-of-the-art space designed to support innovative practice. For more information, contact Enoch Hale at or (804) 828-4798 or visit

Do you smoke cigarettes?

Men and women who smoke cigarettes between the ages of 18-55 are needed to participate in a research study that requires 5, 3 to 4 hour, laboratory visits. Compensation is provided. CALL (804) 828-1867; Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm or visit for more information This study will be conducted at Thurston House on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. Principal Investigator: Caroline Cobb, Ph.D. For more information, contact Rebecca Lester at or (804) 828-1867 or visit

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